Album Reviews

ALICE COOPER -RAISE THE DEAD LIVE FROM WACKEN

That Alice Cooper survived 2016’s merciless celebrity cull unscathed is reason enough for optimism: Raise The Dead: Live From Wacken is cause for wild celebration at a time when rock’s foundations have been shaken to their core.

DOWNFALL OF GAIA -ATROPHY

Since their inception in 2008, Downfall of Gaia have delved into d-beat, sludge and post rock to create bleak, apocalyptic soundscapes, their music constantly evolving yet always feeling connected to their DIY, crust punk roots.

MAGNUM -THE VALLEY OF TEARS (THE BALLADS)

In the light of Magnum’s surprise parting of the ways with keyboard magician Mark Stanway last month it’s impossible to appraise this supreme collection of ballads without recognising the artistic contribution of one of rock’s finest tinklers.

DEVILMENT -II -THE MEPHISTO WALTZES

With their 2014 debut, The Great And Secret Show, Devilment proved without any doubt that they were much more than a Dani Filth side project.

ENUFF Z’NUFF – CLOWNS LOUNGE

Out Now (Frontiers Records) Late 80s pop rockers Enuff Z'Nuff are back with Clowns Lounge - a collection of rarities and early demos that have been...

SOULBURN – EARTHLESS PAGAN SPIRIT

Out Now (Century Media) Their first release in 16 years, 2014’s The Suffocating Darkness was a mighty effort from the reactivated Soulburn… and Earthless Pagan Spirit...

DARIO MOLLO’S CROSSBONES – ROCK THE CRADLE

Out Now (Frontiers Records) Italian axeman Dario Mollo has got the band back together, calling upon friends both old and new to create a throwback album...

RAVENCULT – FORCE OF PROFANATION

Out Now (Metal Blade) Blackened thrash can be one-dimensional and limited in its scope - but that’s kind of the point… and when delivered by musicians...

HEVIDENCE – NOBODY’S FAULT

Out Now (Frontiers Records)   After a change of name and personnel, Italian rockers Hevidence are back on the metal scene with Nobody’s Fault. When bands undergo...

TYKETTO – REACH

Out Now (Frontiers Records) Tyketto have forged their reputation on incendiary live shows fronted by the effervescent Danny Vaughn and January's rescheduled UK tour dates can't...

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